Syria thwarts Israeli strike on Quneitra

Erika Holt
July 12, 2018

While the Russian and Israeli leaders sat down for talks in the Kremlin, a senior Iranian envoy also headed to Moscow amid intensive Syria-focused diplomatic efforts ahead of Putin's summit in Helsinki on Monday with President Donald Trump.

"We will continue to act decisively against any spillover and any infiltration of Israeli territory or airspace", Netanyahu said.

There were no reports of injuries or damage over the drone's incursion.

"They are treated in hospital and go back the same day", said Major Sergei Kutikov, an Israeli military health officer.

In an interview with Italian newspaper Il Giornale, Shoigu said that the decision to provide such type of weapons to any foreign army is taken upon a request, and there is no request till now so it is too early to speak about that in particular.

"We scrambled four fighter jets that were on standby for similar missions as well as two attack helicopters", he said. A Patriot missile shot down the drone, after it set off air-defence sirens on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the Jordanian border, Reuters reported.

Israel tracked the drone, until it decided it was time to blow it up.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian Federation on Wednesday that Israel does not intend to threaten Bashar al-Assad's regime and asked Moscow to work to remove Iranian forces from Syria, an Israeli official said. It bombed Iranian targets in Syria in response to that incident.

Netanyahu called the meeting "substantive", noting the importance of preventing misunderstandings before they occur rather than afterward.

Iran is backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war, as is Russian Federation.

Israel has largely stayed out of the fighting in Syria but it has carried out dozens of airstrikes on alleged arms shipments bound for the militant group Hezbollah.

Israel is especially concerned about Iran's military presence in Syria.

"It is very important to Israel's national security", he added.

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